Here’s why the Cambridges likely won’t fly together as a family in the future

By Meaghan Wray

The Cambridge family has been on a number of tours together, including Canada and Poland and Germany. But it looks like Prince William and Kate and their children soon won't be allowed to travel together as a family.

When Prince George turns 12, William will be required to fly separately from his son, Express reports. The reason is simple and steeped in royal tradition. William and George are both currently second and third in line to the throne, respectively, following Prince Charles when his mother, the Queen, retires.

Prince William and Kate traveled to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus in December. Photo: © Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP/Getty Images

Per royal tradition, heirs to the throne must travel separately in the event something tragic happens en route. Future Kings Charles and William are also forbidden from flying together.

William and Kate have flown with their children in the past. They were on the same plane as George and Princess Charlotte when they arrived in Canada in 2016 and Germany and Poland in 2017. Given that air travel is deemed much safer nowadays, it appears Her Majesty has loosened up on the rule a bit. So the family could all set off for their reported tour of Asia together on the same flight if William and Kate decide to bring George, Charlotte and Prince Louis with them.

The rule against heirs to the throne flying together has been broken by other royals in the past. Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana were also known to fly together, on board the same flights with their sons William and Harry, too.

“When [Princes William and Harry] were little, Prince Charles asked the Queen if both children could fly on a plane together to Scotland, to which the queen said ‘yes,’’ royal correspondent Marlene Koenig once told

The Cambridge clan traveled together to Poland. Photo: © CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS/AFP/Getty Images

Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to head out on their own royal tours this fall. Meghan and Harry are reportedly travelling to Angola, Malawi and South Africa, while Kate and William are said to be jetting off to Asia. The Daily Mail reports the Palace will officially announce the latter jaunt in a few weeks.

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As for the Cambridges, the Mail reports they will visit Commonwealth countries throughout Asia, which “might include Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Singapore.” The trip could also include Sri Lanka, but will not include Brunei or China, according to the publication. It is not known whether George, Charlotte and Louis will be along for the ride.

Kate impressed with her cricket skills in Mumbai in 2016. Photo: © Getty Images

This would be Kate and William’s second time visiting Singapore and Malaysia. They last travelled to the southeast Asian countries in 2012. They also visited India together in 2016. On the latter jaunt, they made stops in Mumbai where they wowed with their cricket skills. They also visited the home where Mohandas Gandhi spent the last years of his life, and fed elephants at a national park.

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